October 8, 2010 in Business

Here’s the Dirt: Sky High Sports Spokane franchise under construction

A trampoline business looks for bouncing customers
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Jaime Martinez, of Portland, cuts through a pipe used to build the framework for the trampoline in the Kids Court area of the Sky High Sports facility in Spokane. The site is scheduled to open by late November.
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Take an abandoned warehouse, cover its main floor and walls with trampolines, open it to the public and you have Sky High Sports, a new Spokane business that wants customers to be bouncing off the walls, literally.

Launched originally in Southern California, Sky High Sports has become a franchise network, with the two nearest locations in Bellevue and Portland.

The Portland franchisee, Brian Deller, and five partners plan to open the Spokane business by late November. Deller, who’s 27, said he believes it’s Spokane first such facility.

Sky High Sports charges customers $10 for the first hour, less for additional time, to bounce across trampolines arranged to fill the main floor of a former agricultural warehouse on the east edge of downtown.

Deller and his partners are leasing the 38,000-square-foot building at 1406 E. Front, a block south of Trent and one door east of Spokane’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

The company is spending about $200,000 for tenant improvements to the building, built in the 1960s as a warehouse for Cascade Seed Wholesale Co.

Baker Construction of Spokane is the contractor.

Deller said the $200,000 doesn’t cover the equipment and trampolines that will be the main attraction.

The building’s main floor, roughly 24,000 square feet, will become a sea of trampolines stitched together like squares on a quilt.

Customers can come in as groups or families. Deller said the Spokane franchise has a smaller side room just for parties, company games or private competition.

“A lot of people come (to Sky High) to play dodge ball,” he said. “Dodge ball was meant to be played on trampolines.”

The Spokane manager, Cory Schueler, grew up in Coeur d’Alene and became one of the partners when he and Deller worked together on recent projects. Both men say they see Sky High Sports helping dispel the “nothing for kids to do” syndrome heard all over town.

A parents’ lounge will be available, with free Wi-Fi, HD screens and other amenities, Deller said.

For more, go to www.jumpskyhigh.com.

Tasting room to feature five wineries

Nectar Tasting Room will open in November, at 120 N. Stevens in downtown Spokane. Owner Josh Wade plans to have tastings from at least five regional wineries in the building, known as the 1889 Building.

Wade has operated a wine blog called DrinkNectar. He’s also about to launch a publication, SpokaneWineMagazine.com

Wade said he’ll name the five wineries once he completes his leasing arrangements. Those wineries will be using his building as satellite tasting rooms, he said.

Wade said Nectar Tasting Room will be open Thursday through Saturday and plans on live music for the weekends.

Retailer Jos. A. Bank plans move

Downtown Spokane men’s clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank will move into its new location, at 706 W. Main, on Nov. 7.

It will close its current store, one block west at 811 W. Main, the day before the move.

Both spaces are managed by River Park Square, which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Post Falls framing store relocates

Art Conscious Picture Framing has moved from 506 E. Seltice Way to 316 S. Sherman in Post Falls.

Owner Shellie Mundy said a key reason was to move the business closer to the annual Post Falls art walk.

Its first show will be Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mental health provider plans open house

D & L Associates, a Coeur d’Alene mental health services provider, will have an open house Nov. 11 at its new office, at 1111 E. Sherman Ave.

Owners Dave and Liz Schmitz-Binnall are calling the new office the Love Your Life Center.

They’re leasing 2,500 square feet of space in the building, filling the spot last used by Convertec Corp.

Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on development and business changes in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528.


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